Village Voice: Richard Blanco On Showing, Not Telling


In the latest edition of “Village Voice,” Jim and Margery get a lesson in evocative writing from poet Richard Blanco.

“I just wanted to take a little deep dive into one of the golden rules of creative writing, called show don’t tell,” he said. “I don’t know [that] we always know how that really works in a poem, and in our lives, so I’m going to walk you through this, and you’ll be my students today.”

Blanco reads through his own poem, “Looking for The Gulf Motel,” calling out his use of “the language of experience,” using sensory details to bring the listener or reader more fully into the work.

This episode of “Village Voice” aired on WGBH Boston Public Radio on July 29, 2019.